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Vancity Vendor – Fleurtation Flowers

November 11th, 2011 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Fleurtation Flowers

When the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral came out, all the girls had their eyes on Hugh Grant… except for Annie Ly, whose attention was drawn to all the beautiful flowers at the weddings and the funeral. It was only a matter of time before she became a florist. Annie is self-taught but also got some training through the Vancouver School Board Continuing Education courses and apprenticed at several flower shops until eventually opening her own business. She’s been in the industry for more than 4 years.

Fleurtation Flowers is a home-based business that provides floral arrangements for weddings and special events. She says that because her overhead is low, Metro Vancouver brides will be able to benefit from affordable prices on their bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and arrangements. For inspiration, Annie loves to peruse through wedding magazines, see the latest design trends at wedding shows, and of course listen to your vision on how you want your flowers to look. She says she is able to work within your budget “without compromising on quality and service.”

Be sure to check out Fleurtation Flowers’ Facebook page and website for updates and more photos of Annie’s work.

A Few Words With Annie…

What flowers would you suggest for brides with lower budgets and why?
“For brides with lower budgets, I would advise them to steer clear of bouquets that feature only orchids, calla lilies, or stephanotis.  Although these flowers are absolutely beautiful, they are also the most costly.  By using flowers that are in season, brides are able to keep their floral needs within budget.  For example, they should consider flowers such as peonies in late May/early June or dahlias in early fall.”

What are your favourite flowers to work with and why?
“I love to work with peonies, partially because they’re my favourite flower but mainly because they fill up a bouquet or an arrangement so beautifully.”

What embellishments do you have available for use in your bouquets?
“I’ve used gems in the past and I must say that they’re very easy to work into any bouquet, without coming across as overly girly, garish or gaudy.”

Describe a real life situation when you had to deal with a low budget bride. How did you make her dream bouquet come true?
“For some brides, the budget is more important than the type of flowers in her bouquet.  I’ve had one bride who presented only two requests:  orange is the main colour and the bouquet has to be under $50.  I suggest that I would feature dahlias (since it’s in season) and she loved it!”

If you had to make a bridal bouquet for $50, what flowers would it include?
“I would use hydrangeas, as they fill up really well.  If it’s a wedding held during the spring, I would use tulips.  Most brides have a misconception that roses are expensive when in fact, they’re quite affordable.  A bridal bouquet may contain a few large roses without breaking the bank.  Aside from flowers, I can use foliage and ribbons to my advantage, to either fill up a bouquet or to feature a certain style.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“It’s very simple and a tried and true piece of advice:  take a moment to enjoy a moment.”

To contact Annie, visit her website.
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All photos were provided by Fleurtation Flowers. Photos courtesy RAD Studio, Carolyn Egerszegi Photography, and Unforgettable Moments Wedding Photography.
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  • November 14th, 2011 at 5:52 pm
    Chris Chong says:

    How true is that advice… take mental pics throughout the day cuz it goes by fast!


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